Back to School = Back to Health

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Summer break is coming down the home stretch and if you feel like you are a human ATM machine paying for fees - or if you find your evening activity revolves around building forts out of the mountains of school supplies, you are not alone. It seems like summer has flown by and now we find ourselves scrambling to get things in order for the first day of school.

If you're like most families, your comfortable routine may have been somewhat disrupted by summer camps, vacations, pool time, relaxed eating/indulgences, etc. Getting back to school should be an open opportunity for us all to return to healthy schedules and routines. Now is the time! 

Whether you successfully kept a healthy routine in check over the summer months or perhaps it went a bit too relaxed, make sure you get back in the swing of things or step it up this Fall!  Regardless of whether you love aquatics classes, group exercise classes, personal training, or just utilizing equipment on the floor -- here are some ways to mix things up and ‘Fall’ Back to Overall Health: 

  • Healthy Body
    1. Mix it up! If you do the same, you'll get the same. If you find yourself caught in a rut in the same rotation of the same classes, not only are you missing out on dozens of other great ones, but you are encouraging your body to stay exactly where it is today, and for most of us, that is not the end goal. If you more frequently utilize the floor machines, mix those up too! Try something new, and don't be intimidated to walk into a new class. Trust us, instructors at every branch as well as the staff on the wellness floors WANT TO SEE NEW PEOPLE! And they want to help you find the perfect fit for you! 

    2. If you’ve never utilized a Personal Trainer, maybe now is the time – especially if you feel stagnant in your routine or need that extra motivation from someone else to help you meet your goals.

    3. Nutrition. It really comes down to being sensible, doesn’t it? Sadly, there’s no magic powder and no perfect equation that works for everyone. Aim to add more color to your plate, shop on the perimeter of the grocery store, and lots of drink water! When you can, plan time to think not only about your own meals, but also your family’s. It doesn't have to be some extravagant Pinterest creation, it can be as easy as planning Crockpot days or one meal planning day each week - or even swapping healthy recipes with a friend.
     
  • Healthy Mind
    Sometimes we let this one fall by the wayside. Remember that a healthy body means also keeping your mind and spirit healthy too. Perhaps you need to set aside some time for yourself each day – whether that means time to clear your mind through exercise at the Y or simply sitting, reading, or taking in the outdoors. Get to know other members at your Y and socialize inside the facility or even escape for coffee or lunch occasionally. Many people find a mind, body, spirit class such as Yoga or Pilates is just the ticket. Whatever it is for you, take the time to pay attention to your mind and unwind. Oh, and turn off your phone for a few minutes every day! 
     
  • Healthy Spirit
    No, we aren’t necessarily telling you this means not to miss the sermon on Sundays (though that might be what works for you). Just like striving for a healthy body and mind, this isn't a one size fits all approach. Again, this could be a mind, body, spirit class such as Yoga, or it could be a small group – it could even be volunteering or discovering a new passion.

During the months of August and September, we’ll be encouraging you to get back to health – whatever health means for you. We’ll also spotlight classes and other healthy living programs and ways to enrich your health journey. When in doubt, ask a staff member to help you find the perfect fit!

Savor what’s left of summer for sure, but don’t fret Fall – look at it as the season to seize new opportunities to further your health journey.